Turkish Language and Literature I (TLL 101)

2022 Spring
School of Languages
Turkish Lang.&Literature(TLL)
4/3 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ayşe Nur Kolivar Abadoğlu aysenurkolivar@sabanciuniv.edu, Tamer Kütükçü tamer@sabanciuniv.edu, Reyhan Tutumlu rtutumlu@sabanciuniv.edu, Aslan Erdem aslanerdem@sabanciuniv.edu, Aykun Özgen aykun.ozgen@sabanciuniv.edu,
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This course is one of the University Courses all Freshman students are required to take. It has a complementary nature with HIST 191 and covers literary texts written during or on the late Ottoman modernization period, i.e. roughly between 1870s and 1910s. The aim of the course is twofold. On the one hand, it helps students analyze and discuss how the Ottoman-Turkish modernization process is reflected in literature and how in turn literature affects this process, and on the other hand it aims to develop students' theoretical and practical skills in reading, discussing and interpreting literary texts. This is achieved by using primary literary texts produced by prominent authors in this period as well as numerous critical texts on these authors. Students are expected to participate in the discussions on these works, prepare oral presentations and write papers.


To develop students' theoretical and practical skills in reading, discussing and interpreting literary texts and to develop their understanding of how the Ottoman-Turkish modernization process is reflected in literature and how in turn literature affects this process.


  • Students are expected to be able to comprehend and examine the selected texts (novels, short stories, and plays) of 19th century Ottoman-Turkish Literature as well as related academic readings
  • Students are expected to be able to develop knowledge of basic literary elements (plot, character development, setting, etc.)
  • Students are expected to be able to take part in class discussions by responding to input, listening to others and expressing their own opinions appropriately
  • Students are expected to be able to select and analyze sources, plan and organize information, and formulate their own perspective in order to prepare a discussion-based presentation
  • Students are expected to be able to recognize and identify the differences in authors' approaches to particular issues/themes
  • Students are expected to be able to gain an understanding of the relation between a literary text and its political, social and cultural context
  • Students are expected to be able to identify the similarities and differences between the historical account of a period in modern Turkish history (as in HIST 191) and its reflection in the literary works discussed
  • Students are expected to be able to understand writing prompts and plan their response to exam-based essays
  • Students are expected to be able to analyze, synthesize and utilize academic texts in order to formulate an appropriate response to writing prompts
  • Students are expected to be able to demonstrate their understanding of academic integrity by integrating sources effectively into their course work by using the APA referencing system


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 2

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 1

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 1

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 1

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 1

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 2

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 2

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 3

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 3

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 5


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 30
Quiz 10
Participation 30



Şemsettin Sami, Taaşşuk-ı Talat ve Fitnat

Ahmet Mithat, Bahtiyarlık

Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil, Ferdi ve Şürekâsı

Tevfik Fikret, seçme şiirler

Ömer Seyfettin, "Bir Çocuk Aleko", "Kurbağa Duası", "Hürriyet Bayrakları"

Zabel Yesayan, Meliha Nuri Hanım

Emine Semiye, Gayya Kuyusu

Refik Halid Karay, "Yatık Emine", "Sarı Bal"

Halide Edip Adıvar, Ateşten Gömlek